I was at a meeting tonight where I get to play the role of Expert Administrator – it’s one of my favorite groups to flex this muscle, because they often challenge my thinking and push me in new directions while also acknowledging that sometimes, we just need to think about logistics and I will have an opportunity to ask pertinent questions and take thorough notes.
It was one of those logistics moments, and I was thinking through the best way to manage a particular process. I was mulling over the idea of making it public access, and allowing anyone and everyone to manage the information. “Okay. Yeah. I don’t have to control that.” When I lowered my eyes from the Thinking Place (up and to the right), the room was watching me cautiously.
“Are you sure about that?”
“That’s a big statement, Maggie.”
“You realize that you just said that out loud, don’t you?”
My first response wasn’t shame (though in hindsight I realize that could have happened quite easily), but delight in the fact that these people know me well enough to embrace my strengths while also honestly acknowledging the weaknesses that come along with them. It was a sweet moment.